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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 14, 2017

Con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans in gen­er­al and the more con­ser­vat­ive mem­bers in par­tic­u­lar are already find­ing life in the pres­id­ent’s party a lot more com­plic­ated than it was when they could simply throw rocks at the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and hold hear­ings on Benghazi and Hil­lary Clin­ton’s emails.

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 10, 2017

Two things seem abund­antly clear right now. First, Pres­id­ent Trump’s agenda and pri­or­it­ies are ex­actly what he laid out in his bois­ter­ous cam­paign. No one should be sur­prised by what he is do­ing. Second, the di­vi­sions over Can­did­ate Trump mir­ror the per­cep­tions of Pres­id­ent Trump. Des­pite the con­tro­ver­sies of his early days in of­fice, his back­ers have mainly held...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 7, 2017

My face has yet to get ac­cus­tomed to win­cing ump­teen times a day at what both sides are do­ing these days. Not hav­ing been on the line dur­ing Sat­urday’s phone call between Pres­id­ent Trump and Aus­trali­an Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull, it’s hard to know ex­actly what happened, but it cer­tainly ap­pears that our newly min­ted pres­id­ent was something less than re­spect­ful...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 3, 2017

Over this past week­end, a num­ber of people noted that while it took Pres­id­ent Re­agan 727 days to have a ma­jor­ity in the polls dis­ap­prov­ing of his job in of­fice, Pres­id­ent George H.W. Bush 1,336 days, Pres­id­ent Clin­ton 573 days, Pres­id­ent George W. Bush 1,205 days, and Pres­id­ent Obama 936 days, it took Pres­id­ent Trump just eight days to get there. That fit well in­to a...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 31, 2017

We need to get used to the next four years be­ing the polit­ic­al equi­val­ent of Space Moun­tain, the great Dis­ney­land roller coast­er ride. Ca­reen­ing one way, then the oth­er, plum­met­ing down­ward or soar­ing up, all in the dark so you nev­er know what will hap­pen yet, it’s an ex­per­i­ence that is both ex­hil­ar­at­ing and dis­or­i­ent­ing. The key dif­fer­ence is that it only lasts...

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Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine, where he writes a twice weekly column. Charlie is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections.
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GOP Divisions Doomed Health Care Bill

July 25, 2017

The collapse of the Senate Republican health care bill isn’t all that complicated and shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Like some bad marriages, you can chalk it up to “irreconcilable differences.” The Senate Republican Conference includes very conservative members who to their marrow believe in minimalist government, especially when it involves health care. But it also includes senators...

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The 2016 Political Environment

Updated November 25, 2015 | As the 2016 election cycle begins to take shape, the Cook Political Report has identified several metrics worth monitoring between now and Election Day.

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